Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol

Updated:Nov 16,2011

Know The Facts Graphic TextCholesterol can be both good and bad, so it's important to learn the facts about what cholesterol is, how it affects your health and how to manage your blood cholesterol levels.

Here are some common misconceptions, along with the true story, about cholesterol.

Click on each misconception about cholesterol to see the truth:

Diet and physical activity contribute to overall blood cholesterol levels as well as the cholesterol that is made naturally by the body. The amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood is controlled in two important places — the liver and the intestines. The liver produces cholesterol (using it to make digestive — or bile — acids) and also removes cholesterol from the blood. The intestines absorb cholesterol, which comes from food and from bile. For some people, the liver produces more cholesterol than the intestines absorb. If this is the case for you, your physician may prescribe medicine to manage your cholesterol. However, a heart-healthy diet and regular physical activity are important to everyone for maintaining cardiovascular health. Have your cholesterol tested and work with your healthcare professionals on the plan that's best for you. Learn more about the sources of cholesterol.


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